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The Celebrated Case of Leo Frank (August 1915) (August 1915)

Author: Tom Watson
Keywords: Leo Frank; Mary Phagan; Tom Watson; 1915; Atlanta; Georgia; Pedophile; Pedophilia; Strangulation; 1913; 1914; 1915; Luther Rosser; ADL; B'nai B'rith; Jew; Jewish; Judaism; Israel; Atlanta; Georgia; Fulton County; Hugh Dorsey;
Publisher: Jeffersonian Publishing Company, 1915
Year: 1915
Language: English
Book contributor: Tom Watson, 1915
Collection: opensource
Notes: Watson's Magazine, August and September, 1915, review the Leo Frank trial testimony.


The Celebrated Case of Leo Frank, Watson's Magazine, August, 1915, Edition written by Tom E. Watson and produced through his Jeffersonian Publishing Company.

Tom Watson's August and September (1915) issues of Watson's Magazine about the Leo Frank Case are a must read. Tom Watson solves who murdered Mary Phagan in the September issue without using Jim Conley's testimony.

Leo Frank Admission that Amounted to a Murder Trial Confession August 18, 1913

Leo Frank reveals he may have "unconsciously" gone to the bathroom in the metal room to counter Monteen Stover's testimony that he was not in his inner or outer office from 12:05 to 12:10 PM on April 26, 1913.

Leo Frank Admission on the Witness Stand:

Now gentlemen [of the Jury], to the best of my recollection from the time the whistle blew for twelve o’clock [noon on Saturday, April 26, 1913] until after a quarter to one [12:46 p.m.] when I went up stairs and spoke to Arthur White and Harry Denham [at the rear of the fourth floor], to the best of my recollection, I did not stir out of the inner office [at the front of the second floor]; but it is possible that in order to answer a call of nature or to urinate I may have gone to the toilet [in the metal room at the rear of the second floor]. Those are things that a man does unconsciously and cannot tell how many times nor when he does it (Leo Frank Trial Statement, August 18, Brief of Evidence, 1913).

More excellent books and reading on the subject include:

0. The Leo Frank Case (Mary Phagan) Inside Story of Georgia's Greatest Murder Mystery 1913 - The first neutral book written on the subject. Very interesting read.

1. The Murder of Little Mary Phagan by Mary Phagan Kean (Available here on Written by Mary Phagan Kean, the great grand niece of Mary Phagan. A neutral account of the events surrounding the trial of Leo Frank. The Murder of Little Mary Phagan is well worth reading and it is a refreshing change from the endless number of Jewish and contemporary books turning the Leo Frank case into a neurotic anti-Semitism obsessed tabloid controversy.

2. American State Trials, volume X (1918) by John Lawson (Available here on and Tends to be biased in favor of Leo Frank and his legal defense team, this document provides an abridged version of the Brief of Evidence, leaving out some important things said and details when it republishes parts of the trial testimony. Be sure to read the closing arguments of Luther Zeigler Rosser, Reuben Rose Arnold, Frank Arthur Hooper and Hugh Manson Dorsey. For a more complete version of the Leo M. Frank trial testimony, read the 1913 murder trial brief of evidence found on and you can see what was left out.

3. Argument of Hugh M. Dorsey in the Trial of Leo Frank (Available here on and Some but not all of the 9 hours of arguments given to the Jury at the end of the Leo Frank trial. Only 18 Libraries in the world have copies of this books. It can be found here on thanks to This is an excellent book and required reading to see how Dorsey in sales vernacular 'closed' a Jury of 12 men and Judge Roan.

4. Leo M. Frank, Plaintiff in Error, vs. State of Georgia, Defendant in Error. In Error from Fulton Superior Court at the July Term 1913, Brief of Evidence. Extremely rare, only 1 copy exists, and it is at the Georgia State Archive. This document is available now on

Three Major Atlanta Dailies: The Atlanta Constitution, The Atlanta Journal, The Atlanta Georgian (Hearst's Tabloid Yellow Journalism), The most relevant issues center around April 28th to August 27th 1913.

5. Atlanta Constitution Newspaper: The Murder of Mary Phagan, Coroner's Inquest, Grand Jury, Investigation, Trail, Appeals, Shanking and Lynching of Leo Frank Case in the Atlanta Constitution Newspaper from 1913 to 1915.

6. Atlanta Georgian newspaper covering the Leo Frank Case from April though August, 1913.

7. Atlanta Journal Newspaper, April, 28, 1913, through till the end of August, 1913, pertaining to the Leo Frank Case:

Leo Frank confirms he might have been in the bathroom at the time Monteen Stover said his office was empty: See the Atlanta Constitution, Monday, March 9, 1914, Leo Frank Jailhouse Interview

Tom Watson

8. Tom Watson's Jeffersonian Newspaper (1914, 1915, 1916 and 1917) and Watson's Magazine: Watson's Magazine, January 1915, Watson's Magazine, March 1915; Watson's Magazine, August 1915, Watson's Magazine, September 1915, and Watson's Magazine, October of 1915. (Available here on Tom Watson's best work on the Leo M. Frank case was published in August and September 1915. Watson's five major magazine works written collectively on the Leo M. Frank topic, provide logical arguments confirming the guilt of Leo M. Frank with the superb reasoning of a genius lawyer.

These five 1915 works are absolutely required reading for anyone interested in the Leo M. Frank Case. Tom Watson's magazine publications surged from 30,000 to 100,000 copies, when it was announced he would be writing on the Leo Frank case. These magazines are extremely rare and very difficult to find. However they have been scanned and are available on here.

8.1. The Leo Frank Case By Tom Watson (January 1915) Watson's Magazine Volume 20 No. 3. See page 139 for the Leo Frank Case. Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga., Digital Source

8.2. The Full Review of the Leo Frank Case By Tom Watson (March 1915) Volume 20. No. 5. See page 235 for 'A Full Review of the Leo Frank Case'. Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga., Digital Source

8.3. The Celebrated Case of The State of Georgia vs. Leo Frank By Tom Watson (August 1915) Volumne 21, No 4. See page 182 for 'The Celebrated Case of the State of Georgia vs. Leo Frank". Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga., Digital Source

8.4. The Official Record in the Case of Leo Frank, Jew Pervert By Tom Watson (September 1915) Volume 21. No. 5. See page 251 for 'The Official Record in the Case of Leo Frank, Jew Pervert'. Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga., Digital Source

8.5. The Rich Jews Indict a State! The Whole South Traduced in the Matter of Leo Frank By Tom Watson (October 1915) Volume 21. No. 6. See page 301. Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga., Digital Source:

Tom Watson's Jeffersonian Weekly Newspaper

9. The archive of Tom E. Watson Digital Papers, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, contains the full collection of Jeffersonian Newspapers:

Leo Frank cult members (known as Frankites) are posing as neutral reviewers and attempting to convince people not to read Tom Watson's analysis about the Frank-Phagan affair. Watson's analysis of the case is the controversial forbidden fruit of truth that have been censored for more than 100 years. For a nearly complete selection of: Tom Watson's Jeffersonian newspaper articles related to the Murder of Mary Phagan and Leo Frank Case. Tom Watson discusses the Leo Frank Case in his Newspapers from 1914 to 1917.

Tom Watson Brown, Grandson of Thomas Edward Watson

10. Notes on the Case of Leo M. Frank, By Tom W. Brown, Emery University, Atlanta, Georgia, 1982.

Leo Frank Case Research Portal

11. The Leo Frank Library: The American Mercury: and Live Leak:

Leo Frank Georgia Supreme Court Records Archive:

12. Leo Frank Trial and Appeals Georgia Supreme Court File (1913 to 1914) (1,800 pages).

Please make donations to the Internet Archive for their efforts toward building the largest online library in the world.

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Reviewer: Macro Man - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - October 27, 2012
Subject: Watson's Magazine August-September 1915
I read Watson's Magazine August and September 1915 as suggested. I find it impossible to come to any other conclusion that Frank committed the murder of Phagan. There is no doubt in my mind there was an ugly-dirty moneyed conspiracy to help him skirt justice back then that refuses to gather dust. God Bless Saint Mary Anne Phagan Martyr of Christian Southern Womanhood.
Reviewer: sarahcohen - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 15, 2011
Subject: spoiler alert
the spoiler is the entire long winded 29 day 1913 trial can be reduced to one single moment. Leo Frank made a "woopsy daisy" confession blunder during his murder trial on August 18, 1913. he attempted to counter the testimony of Monteen Stover, by saying he was in the metal room going to the bathroom. It was the first time in US history the defendant made a virtual confession at his own murder trial. Leo Frank might be book smart, but he isn't to bright.
Reviewer: manhattansunrise - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - May 2, 2011
Subject: Tom Watson, August, 1915
This was published the Month Leo Frank got lynched (August 17, 1915) and if you read this specific issue of Tom Watson's Magazine you will learn how Leo Frank subverted justice. You can also learn about the Leo Frank murder confession he made on the witness stand on August 18, 1913 with an "unconscious" bathroom visit to the metal room. How many times in US history has someone made a murder confession at their own criminal trial?

Be sure to read Tom Watson's interpretation of the August 18, 1913, Leo Frank murder confession, which was originally articulated by State's Prosecution attorneys Frank Arthur Hooper and Hugh Dorsey at the Leo Frank Trial in late August 1913 (see the closing arguments of prosecution lawyers in American State Trials Volume X 1918 by John D. Lawson LLD)

Each of these 5 issues starting with January 1915 gets better and more unique when you read them in chronological order, with the best issues being August, September and October 1915.

Don't miss their unique perspectives on the Leo Frank trial.

If you read all five of these 1915 works by Tom Watson on the Leo Frank trial you will learn about the hidden truths inside and out and things left out by Leo Frank partisans of this case. The whole point of the Frankites is to make ad hominem attacks on Tom Watson, so that you do not consider his crystal clear lucid writing.

After you download these five 1915 PDF by Watson, upload them to other free online libraries and share them with people you know interested in the Leo Frank case.
Reviewer: ogden1000 - 1.00 out of 5 stars - April 25, 2011
Subject: The subversion is when facts are ignored or made up in the service of bigotry
So sad that this is still going on - The previous reviewer says Leo Frank subverted justice -- imagine what he would have said if Frank wasn't lynched after being wrongly imprisoned for years? The bigotry of the source material (Tom Watson's) and the anti-semitic rants from the guy who posted these long diatribes against Frank on this site caused me to look into the actual history of this case. Family members of the prosecutor, associates of Tom Watson, descendants of Georgia officials at the time -- they all admit to how bias and prejudice railroaded an innocent man. Why is this one guy who's posted all this garbage all over this site championing bigots? Why is he so bigoted himself?
Reviewer: holysmoke - 1.00 out of 5 stars - April 24, 2011
Subject: Why are we being asked to ignore the fact that the sole source of this stuff was a bigot?
Tom Watson, the source of the so-called objective analyses of the Frank case, was a bigot by his own writing. In his publication, the Jeffersonian, in plainly anti-semitic writings, he inflamed and incited. He ignored evidence that supported Frank's innocence, made up other evidence, counted innuendo and rumor as fact, bullied and threatened the jurors ---- and for some reason, the guy who's posted all this garbage loves him. (Oh, by the way, Watson also was directly responsible for the lynching, which all these "reviews" totally whitewash.) He also was responsible for a resurgence of the KKK.
Reviewer: woodycrest1000 - 1.00 out of 5 stars - April 23, 2011
Subject: Sad, that Tom Watson is being portrayed as anything but a bigot
It's really astounding that there are these folks pretending that Tom Watson was just some objective analyst of this case. He was not. He was a first-class bigot, who used his platform in the Jeffersonion publication to spew anti-semetic, anti-catholic, anti-black, pro KKK poison. There is a reason why most folks today believe Leo Frank was innocent - Watson and the prosecutor made up evidence, suppressed other evidence, based a prosecution on innuendo and prejudice, bullied and threatened witnesses and jury members --- and then, when Frank's death sentence was commuted, incited his lynching! Watson was a bigot who these modern day bigots are touting as some kind of academic scholar. A previous reviewer may be right - the language may be the same as modern day commentary. That is a sad comment in and of itself.
Reviewer: L-H - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 22, 2011
Subject: Best Leo Frank book ever
This is the best book on the Leo Frank case concerning the brutal rape and murder a 13 year old girl named Mary Phagan. Leo Frank, president of B'nai B'rith was charged and convicted of this sickening crime because of the overwhelming evidence against him. After the conviction, Leo Frank tried to escape justice by using the power and influence of wealthy Jewish media magnates. This book includes all the evidence most other books intentionally leave out.
Reviewer: Haphaestus - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 22, 2011
Subject: A solid Review of the Facts
Leaving aside the rhetoric surrounding the case, we see here a good view of what probably was a dissenting / majority view of the infamous Leo Frank murder trial.

For those with a negative view of this article, it's fair to point out that this doesn't read much different than political commentaries of today.
Reviewer: manhattaninsanity - 1.00 out of 5 stars - April 21, 2011
Subject: Bigotry begets bigotry
So, now we're getting closer to who this guy is who posts all this stuff celebrating Tom Watson - who was a bigot by his own documentation (please, check out his writings and you'll see what I mean). And it's no wonder he's fixated on Watson's bigoted rants and lies about a 100-year old murder case. Judging from some of his comments, he claims that anyone who points out Watson was a KKK-supporting, anti-semite, anti-Catholic, anti-black bigot (which he proudly says in his own writings) is like a "Jew who says Jesus was a Jew-hater". I don't even get that logic. But, it's revealing. He likes Watson because he himself is 100 years behind the times. Well, at least this time it's his own bigotry on display, now Watson's.
Reviewer: somerset444 - 1.00 out of 5 stars - April 21, 2011
Subject: Consider the source, please!
It's not a knee-jerk reaction to consider the source of the information you're reading. In this case the source is Tom Watson over and over again, in multiple posts on this site. Is it reasonable to believe that a person (Watson) whose writings supported the KKK, vilified Catholics, and spread hatred for Jews is the best source for facts in a 100 year old murder case involving a Jew? Is it reasonable to believe legal arguments from someone who called for and then celebrated a man's lynching? I'm baffled by why the poster of these materials and reviews is on this crusade of hatred against Frank and urges us to ignore the source's (Watson's) proudly stated bigotry. In many of his posts on this site, his reviews of the "fairness" of Watson's analysis are peppered with casually inserted phrases of conspiracy theories involving Jews. He's moderated the language in some of the posts - and removed other posts with revolting statements about the lynching being Frank's own fault - but the prejudice remains. Why does he want to hide his source's true beliefs? (It's easy enough to find out what Watson believed about the KKK, Catholics and Jews -- just Google his writings!)
Reviewer: hounddog56 - 1.00 out of 5 stars - April 20, 2011
Subject: You need to consider the source - bigoted
Right, the fact that Tom Watson was a KKK supporter, and wrote violent anti-Catholic and anti-semitic articles has nothing to do with his integrity and believability, huh? This 100-year old case is dragged up over and over in postings on this site, and we're not supposed to consider the prejudices of the source? Oh, and by the way, when someone says "it's no wonder" someone gets lynched, it reveals a lot about them.
Reviewer: Apiru-inhibitor - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 20, 2011
Subject: Leo Frank did it
The article clearly shows that Leo Frank was not deprived of any defense during the two years of his trial but instead had his defense extended thanks to a corrupt governor. The people of the South were not naturally anti-semitic until Leo Frank got cocky and raped an innocent 13 year old girl.
Reviewer: anderson10 - 1.00 out of 5 stars - April 20, 2011
Subject: The source of this is a KKK supporting anti semitic, anti-Catholic bigot
Here's another posting trying to portray Tom Watson as a serious analyst of the Leo Frank case. He was not. He was a bigot who supported the KKK, was wildly anti-semitic and bitterly anti-Catholic. He incited for then celebrated the lynching of Frank. He was bigot, plain and simple. Why he is being posted all over this site as an objective analyst of a 100-year old murder with no reference to his bigotry is a mystery to me. But some of the titles of his articles, with terms like "Jew Pervert" and "Rich Jews Indict State" may give you a clue.

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